10/12/19 6:00am

The cellar crew processes the grapes from harvest at Bedell. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

I am compelled to write harvest reports every vintage — it is the biggest news in the region right now, after all — but it’s not something I particularly enjoy doing. Given how our weather varies from year to year and the fact that winemakers need people to buy the wines they make regardless of what that weather is like, it can be hard to get accurate assessments of how the grapes are coming in. (more…)

10/02/19 5:55am

The dry white wine spritzer and dry rosé wine spritzer. (Credit: Alie Shaper)

Forget any unfair pretense of the wine spritzer. For many, the beverage conjures thoughts of watered-down chardonnay or sugary concoctions suited for college parties. (more…)

10/01/19 6:00am

Will Loughlin worked a series of odd jobs before a chance encounter led him to making cider. (Credit: David Benthal)

Several twists of fate led Will Loughlin to his job as cidermaster at Riverhead Ciderhouse.

The 33-year-old was working as an electrician when one day, before the Calverton tasting room had opened, he was sent there to work on the electricity. (more…)

09/25/19 6:00am

As summer turns to fall, the focus at local wineries is on the harvest. For some larger operations, that means maybe a dozen workers manning the vineyards, gathering the bounty of the current vintage.

But for smaller producers, it might mean only a handful of people functioning together like a well-oiled machine to make for the best season. (more…)

09/23/19 11:56am

The Pierce the Ale is North Fork Brewing Co.’s flagship beer. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Pumpkin pickers have even more reason to visit Schmitt’s Family Farm in Riverhead.

For the first three weekends in October, the Sound Avenue farm stand is offering local brews from North Fork Brewing Co. in addition to its u-pick pumpkin field and one-acre corn maze. (more…)